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ont any halo. Her adventures in the Tennes-
see mountains are of the sort to inspire a hearty
handshake instead of sentimental admiration.
She tries, and usually succeeds, in being cheer-
ful, but she does not exude sweetness like an
over-ripe peach. She is brave, with the sort
' of courage that grits teeth and makes activity
imperative. She is a plain every-day girl who
meets a good proportion of hard luck. She
meets it bravely just as do thousands of other
girls to-day. She renounces happiness, but is
not happy nor resigned in doing so, yet she
sticks to what she thinks is right. It is a hard
fight and she is often rebellious. It takes plain
"grit" to stick to her resolution.
This is not a story to invoke the army of
sweet and sticky adjectives such as "charming,"
"clean," "delightful" and their ilk. The same
sort of° red blood flows in Nancy's veins as
flows in Jack London's heroes — only her adven-
tures are internal rather than external. Left an
orphan she is "passed on" from one relative to
another in a way to make most girls full of self-
pity. She keeps her eyes fixed on the funny
side of things, and when she gives up the man
she loves so as not to interfere with his career,
she is so afraid of being weak that in order to
cover her real feelings she flies into quite a
Her good friend the Bishop, her aunt, Mrs.
Chubb, and the mountain people are simply and
excellently done. The book is full of sentiment
but ; with no hint of sentimentality. . It is the
kind of story that makes the reader feel strong
in a rampant sort of way, and does not cater
to tears or morbidity. It is a girl's fight against
unhappiness. It is a brave fight, but not a spec-
tacular one. Nancy is an inspiration to all who
read about her.
The author has done a fine thing in giving us
a heroine who tries to be happy without hysterics
or sentimentality — one whom we can respect be-
cause of her quiet self-control and practical ef-
forts to make the best of life. Nancy is not a
professional joy-maker — she is a practical ex-
ample, good to follow, and we commend her to
..all people suffering from self-pity or any sort of
FULL SWING, by Frank Dauby. (J. B. Lip-
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The chief character, Agatha Wanstead, has the
disastrous faculty of always doing what turns
out to be wrong, although meaning to do what
is right. Throughout all of her mistakes from
the time, when, as a child she opened the green-
house door and let in the cold fresh air, so
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good for little girls but so bad for orchids, up
to her death bed when she attempted to poison
her grandchild because she thought it stood in
the way of her son's happiness, she never was
able to profit by experience, nor to learn that
her judgment might be wrong.
She ruled family and friends with. a high hand,
never permitting them to do anything except
what she thought best. And herself she tor-
tured most of all by refusing the good things
that life held out, and choosing all those which
made her unhappy. She starved her love, hid
her natural passions, and failed to understand
both her own nature and the natures of those
about her. A most exasperating person to read
about or to know, surely, but very true to life
and very tragic when one considers her sin-
cerity and deep desire to do right by everyone.
Who does not know some living person who al-
ways takes the wrong turn in the road?
Left an orphan with a baby step-sister, she
refuses to marry the good man who loves her
because through mistaken conscientiousness
she believes that she must devote her life to the
baby. She suffers, Andrew suffers, and later
on through mistaken solicitude she ruins the
happiness of the sister. Then she takes a fresh
start by marrying ~a dissolute Irish nobleman
and having a son of her own. Again unhappi-
ness to everyone and injustice to her boy. Later
we find her sister's little daughter and her own
son falling in love, but a new series of ob-
stinate mistakes brings real tragedy, and onh
at her death do affairs become straightened out
so that her son and her step-daughter may be
The book abounds in events of interest, and
the plot is lively and complicated, yet' the real
merit lies in the character drawing. Agatha. An-
drew, the son, Biddy, all the unimportant as
well as the important characters are excellently
THE GREEN SEAL, by Charles Edmond Walk
(A. C. McClurg and Company.)
A YOUNG man inherits a mysterious ring
and has a wonderful diamond thrust upon
him. He achieves — not greatness — but a
charming stenographer who is mixed up in all
these complications. The root of all this trouble
lies in faraway Thibet, in a sort of religious sect.
It is very puzzling, very exciting, very unex-
pected and thoroughly readable. Chinamen, de-
tectives, opium smugglers, convicts, beauty
doctors appear and disappear with lightening
rapidity. The reader is taken on breathless,
night automobile rides; is led along one clew
after another, each of which seems to be the
right one, only to have it exploded by some new